Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sympathy Card Box

It's been awhile since we've done a post. We've been busy preparing for the holidays and upcoming shows. Today, I had some time to work in my studio. I love that! My husband is always in need of cards for co-workers so I decided to get ahead of the curve and have a number of cards made up for him to take to work and pull from as the need arises.

I started with sympathy cards. Sympathy cards are always needed at unexpected times. It's so nice to have a collection with different verses to choose from so you have the perfectly worded card for the recipient. Our Sympathy Innies & Outies(TM) are so nice for this because you get 8 different verses. (One is even for the death of a pet, too.) I always use them for my cards. It makes this process a lot whole lot easier. With Innies in hand, all I need to focus on is the card fronts now.

I took a promotional box that I got in the mail from American Express and covered the logo on the front with a stamped design. I filled the box with the cards and envelopes and tied it shut with Baker's Twine in Oyster. It was the perfect size for a set of 5.5" X 4.25" cards. I'm so glad I kept the box. :)

Here's a photo of the box opened. I was able to put 10 cards with coordinating envelopes inside.

Now for the cards...

For sympathy and thinking of you, I always design cards with either a masculine or feminine look. Here are a few of the cards I made with a masculine feel. This first card uses our new set, Merry Nature. I love the pine and birch trees in the set because it takes little to no coloring to be beautiful. The pine tree can be stamped across a sheet for a quick focal scene. We're talking super quick to make this one! I used Memento Northern Pine ink for the trees.

For the birch tree, all I do is run my Copic C3 up the sides of the trunk for shading and then use my Copic C1 marker to run along the outer edges for some additional dimension. It makes the trees pop off the white background. Our leaves are falling from the trees right now so a bare tree feels right to me. The phrase is from the set, "Formal Phrases." This word/phrase is a great go-to set for any occasion.

Same card design, different cardstock colors...

Here's the inside of the card with my Innie(TM). I stamped the tree branches down the side for a coordinated look.

 Our Stunning Silhouettes stamp set is a wonderful set for sympathy cards, too. The flowers are nice for more feminine cards and the cattails look great for men. I added brown liquid applique to the cattails for extra dimension. Dimensionalized with Copic C1 coloring around the cattails. String twine and earthy colors keep the look masculine. If you are a rental member, the cocoa brown stripe ribbon, string burlap twine and the oval window in Dill Pickle used on this card are all available in a rental Keeper(TM), too.

For a more feminine look, I chose to use Stunning Silhouettes and Courage in Bloom stamp sets. I also like using one of our newer embossing folders, Doily.  I sponged the oval background with Memento Summer Sky ink. The queen Anne's lace flower was stamped in Memento Teal Zeal. A simple string burlap twine bow secured with a brushed silver brad finishes the look.

Same floral image using different cardstock....

We just got in a few new embossing folders. This next card uses the With Sympathy script folder. I love the look you get with embossing, It's subtle, textural and elegant - especially with this beautiful script font. I stamped the flowers using the Courage in Bloom set using Memento Morocco and Potter's Clay ink pads. Copper Pearl Pen was used for the centers of the flowers.

I'm off to make a few birthday cards now! Have a great day. Smiles, Bobbi

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Challenge #16 Thank You

The approaching Thanksgiving holiday is always a good reminder to be thankful for special people in your life. Can you think of someone who deserves an extra "Thank You"? This month, Raisin Boat is here to help you out!

Make a "Thank You" or "Happy Thanksgiving" card or other project and link it up below. You'll not only have a greeting you can use to share your appreciation, but you'll also have a chance to win a free Raisin Boat set of your choice!

We have some inspiration below for this month's theme, but first we'd like to announce our winner from Challenge #15: number 2, 
Donna Polley! Donna cleverly made this spooky lampshade using the Raisin Boat set Eerie Night:

Congratulations, Donna, you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name of your set selection and your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to www.RaisinBoat.com, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Now for this month's challenge...  Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like.

Remember, you can either buy  OR rent Raisin Boat sets -- no guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a Thank You card or a few Happy Thanksgiving cards, invitations or place cards for your dinner celebration, etc.

Thank you! for taking the time to join the challenge and share your talents. :-)
We look forward to seeing your creativity!

Here are a few cards from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

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This card, featuring our Thankful set, is quick and easy with our pre-cut and ready-to-use Short Cuts (Pretty Label in Dill Pickle and Oval in Ivory Coast). Add an acorn brad and "berries" with pearl pen! All supplies listed here.

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Baked Goodness (and some stitching with our white Uniball gel pen) is
just what you knead to say thanks! :-) See all supplies used here.

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Thankful and Pearl Pen berries were used again for this elegant greeting.
See supplies here.

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Crew Team designer Linda Lapotka created a beautiful autumn wreath using the very versatile Thankful set. See all supplies here.

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Want a more light-hearted or youthful approach? Here's an idea with our popular Monster Wishes (we also used elements from Central Park, which includes a "thank you" as well). See all supplies here.

Linda Lapotka found clever combinations in her Raisin Boat stamp set rentals for this lovely greeting (All About YouThankfulFormal PhrasesArboretum LeavesBrickCorrugated Box).